We are so excited to be joined this month by the wondrous Jessica Rose Williams, known as the ‘queen of minimalism’! Jessica is a writer, photographer and lover of a capsule wardrobe. She helps people declutter their clothes and attain more freedom with less stuff.
You may already have signed up to her free Minimalist Challenge, enjoyed her beautiful photos on Instagram or read her thoughtful and insightful blog. Now here’s another treat for you: Jessica Rose’s philosophy on slow living and the courage it takes to say no.
We think you’ll love this one!
Welcome, Jessica. Thanks so much for joining us.
Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
By day I run a finance business with my husband but I’m really a writer and a photographer. I blog at jessicarosewilliams.com where I write about living a simpler more creative life, and all the benefits that come with that based on my own experiences. I also work with people 1:1 to help them simplify life and build capsule wardrobes.
I’d always wanted to start a blog but I didn’t have the confidence. Two years ago I made a big lifestyle change and started living a more intentional simpler life. I got rid of everything that didn’t add real value and it gave me the nudge I needed to chase my creative dreams. Getting rid of all the distractions in my life made me realise what really mattered to me and what direction I wanted to go in.
If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?
You are good enough just as you are, be kinder to yourself.
What is it about slow living and the simple life that you find appealing?
I love the overall clarity and calm it brings but it’s the little things that make the big differences. I love waking up at the weekends and having no plans instead of a diary full of things I don’t want to do. I can spend the day pottering around to my heart’s content. I love not being overwhelmed by choice too. My capsule wardrobe currently stands at 32 pieces and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
People often think simple is easy. But it’s the opposite most of the time because it requires you to say no to a lot, and that takes courage. There’s a deep sense of fulfilment that comes from that because you’re designing your own life – and it’s worth being brave for.
How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?
I think it’s really important to set boundaries for ourselves, forget what we think we should be doing and try to tune in to our intuition. So many people are too busy trying to capture the moment to share on social media that they’re missing the actual moment. We have to know when to put the camera down and keep some things for ourselves. It’s all about balance.
I love photography but to be a great photographer you have to develop a great eye, and the only way to do that is to take the time to look. A ‘less but better’ approach stops me from being too click-happy. I’d rather have less images but better quality.
Who inspires you?
So many people, but especially brave women who choose to live courageously alongside their vulnerability. I look up to a lot of past female authors like Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, modern writers like Rupi Kaur and Cheryl Strayed and online creatives like Sara Tasker, to name a few.
What are your essential homeware items/ things you couldn’t do without?
Scented candles, blankets and a good quality bed with good quality bedding. Feeling relaxed and cosy at home is everything to me – I’m a real home bird. It’s amazing what a difference a good night’s sleep can make, and I think a lot of us underestimate this. When it comes to scents, a good quality scented candle can make your home feel like a 5* hotel.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?
I try not to think too far ahead to be honest. It can take my mind away from the here and now so quickly and make me feel really overwhelmed, but I’d love to think I’d written a book by then.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?
Everything inside me is telling me not to answer this question (insert laughing emoji). Let’s just say I was a very rebellious teenager.
If you are suffering from the Autumn sniffles or struggling with the ever-shortening days and darker evenings, we’re here to help with natural ways to beat autumn cold.
Our immune systems can take a battering at this time of year, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Eat well (try not to reach for sugary quick-fix snacks when you are feeling tired), take a good quality vitamin supplement, get plenty of sleep and try to find some time in your day to be still and quiet. Sometimes you might need extra help to get back on track, like these 5 remedies below. All are based on natural ingredients, but if you are pregnant be wary of essential oils and check their suitability before using.
Here are 5 ways to see yourself happily into winter:
We are super excited to be joined on A Simple Path this week by Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House. You may already know Dorian from his gorgeous Instagram account, but if not, or if you’ve always wanted to know more about the man behind the pictures, read on.
You won’t feel quite as rested as if you had just woken up to a dewy morning on a Welsh hillside, but his words will bring solace and respite from the busyness of your day. Savour this one.
1.Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
We are so pleased to be joined for our A Simple Path series by Julia Smith, creator of Humphrey & Grace and taker of stunning photographs over on Instagram as @humphreyandgrace. Julia has an eye for beautiful, natural wildscapes and sumptuous florals, all with a gentle aesthetic and underlying belief in cherishing the simple moments in life. She works with brands to create photographic content and on social media strategies, and is an all-round Instagram superstar, so we are very grateful to her for sharing her wisdom and thoughts here.
Julia has great advice for connecting with each other and disconnecting with our screens, on teaching children to be compassionate and measured about their online time, on how to manage Instagram, and on carving out time for simple pleasures amidst the hurly-burly of everyday life. Her website is a treasure trove of creative inspiration, practical photography and social media advice, and inspiring conversations.
Read on, this is a true treat.
1. Thanks so much for joining us Julia Smith, we are beyond excited to have you. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
I am a photographer and Instagrammer. For the most part I create content for social media both for myself and for brands, sometimes I share this content in my gallery and sometimes it is simply work for my clients. Either way it is a job I adore.
Ah friends, have we got a treat for you. This is the third instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, in which we talk to inspiring creatives who are doing more with less. This week we are joined by the lovely Jane Day from teawithruby.co.uk. Sometimes you come across a blog that is inspiring yet authentic, beautiful yet simple. Tea with Ruby is just that. Jane is an interiors blogger, stylist, writer and photographer whose gorgeous blog always offers new ways to style your home using simple, sustainable, beautiful things. She is a master of light, taking pictures that have depth, texture and an incredible stillness. There is an authenticity to Jane’s work – you know she really lives what she writes. And she’s a huge fan of linen, which makes us very happy. We love her work and had to find out more about what she does, and why she does it.
Grab yourself a coffee and savour this post – it will inspire you, and get you thinking about small changes you could make to slow your life down and be properly in the moment.
Woohoo! Here’s the second instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, which explores how inspiring, creative people are doing more with less. This month we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Erica Lee of The Hygge Wife (@thehyggewife on Instagram) and creator of thehyggewife.com. We are huge fans of Erica’s stunning photography and admire her commitment to living a simpler, more intentional life. Sit back and enjoy – we think you are going to love this one.
There’s been a definite spring-like smell in the air these past few days. The evenings are stretching a bit longer, the hens are laying more, wild birds are chorusing, bulbs are pushing stems gleefully up through the earth. It’s a time to celebrate renewal and rebirth, so we thought we’d give you 7 simple ways to herald in the new season. So sit back, pour yourself a cup of tea, open a window and drink in the beautiful spring.
If you thought doing laundry was a chore, we’ve got some fascinating historical facts about how people cared for linen before modern washing machines and Persil made an appearance. Linenbeauty.com met with textile historian and museums officer Emma O’Connor, of Sussex Past, a charity which runs several historic sites in Sussex, England, and learned some pretty eye-opening things about cleaning linen the old-school way. Here’s what she told us:
Decorating a nursery is one of the loveliest tasks when preparing for the birth of a child, but it can also feel overwhelming. Do we go for pink or blue? What furniture will we need? How do we make it cosy without being cluttered? We’ll help you address all these questions, as well as give you some useful tips on creating the perfect space for your baby to grow into.
Here’s what you need to consider when decorating a nursery:
Browsing for linen and baffled by words like ‘huckaback’ and ‘thread count’? Don’t know your stonewash from your garment wash? Never fear, Linenbeauty is here to set you straight and guide you through the sometimes complicated business of choosing linen products. Here are the key terms you might come across, and what you need to know to make the right choice.